By Mary Kane: Executive Editor
There’s been a hint of Fall in the air these past few weeks
which always takes me back to summer ending and school beginning. For
me, the back-to-school season always signaled a time of fresh starts and
While I haven’t had to make the September-school connection in
quite awhile, for a lot of U.S. workers, school and education are
generating more interest. As certain jobs have been erased from the
employment picture, those out of work find themselves forced to learn
new skills; still others look to education to re-invent themselves in an
effort to jumpstart their careers. For those looking to land a job and for those lucky enough to
still be in the work force, the return to the classroom can be
inspiring. And if you pardon the pun, there’s a lesson to be learned
The optical industry, like many other commercial sectors, has
been changing at a rapid pace and the race to keep up rages on. From
cutting edge digital technologies in the lab arena to new techniques in
the dispensary and exam room, there’s a lot to be learned. Change is
often scary but don’t be afraid to try and re-invent yourself or breathe
new life into your career or practice.
The upcoming Vision Expo West Conference offers one opportunity
to kick start your inner learning mode. But if you can’t head out West
this Fall, there are other options right in your own backyard. Start
with your local community college for courses on business management and
finance to improve the “health” of your practice.
Don’t forget about your local state associations or even some of
your vendors/suppliers for courses that will help you navigate today’s
tough issues such as board certification or the upcoming changes to the
nation’s health care reform system. And some of our own publications
right here at Jobson, both online and in print, feature the latest hot
button CE topics.
Remember, continuing your education can be as simple as taking
that first step and you’ll find that going back-to school can be like a
breath of fresh air for you this Fall.